Navy Warship’s Facebook Page Hacked to Stream ‘Age of Empires’ Gaming

The destroyer-class USS Kidd streamed hours of game play in a funny incident that has serious cybersecurity ramifications.

The official page of a destroyer-class Navy warship, the USS Kidd, has gone rogue: Someone has taken over the page in order to…stream Age of Empires play.

Age of Empires is a real-time online multiplayer strategy game in which the objective is to advance one’s civilization. Players “build, settle, trade and fight” their way from the Stone Age into the , reaching certain milestones (inventing the wheel, ending feudalism) along the way. In the USS Kidd incident, practical jokers have anthropomorphized the warship, so that it appears to be having a great time playing the addictive game:

The pranksters have also changed the page type listing in the “About” information to “ Video Creator.”

The incident was first reported by military specialist Task & Purpose, which said that the USS Kidd‘s page was officially taken over at 10:26 p.m. on Sunday. The hijacked page of the warship, which finished up its latest active deployment in late September, then posted a joyful “Hahahahaha” and commenced four hours of live Age of Empires action.

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